Valentines Day is packed with pressure – but you can treat yourself (or someone you love if you wish) to a real treat, even if the gods of love don’t deliver!
These rich, chocolatey bites are tasty, rich and packed with a deeply moreish surprise ingredient – beetroot!
Makes 10 cup cakes
120g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
60g good quality cocoa powder
150g golden caster sugar
17g cooked chopped beetroot
140ml vegetable oil
1tsp vanilla bean paste
150g full fat cream cheese
100g icing sugar
Decorate with a dust of cocoa powder or if you want some extravagance add a little gold leaf and melted dark chocolate.
Sieve the flour, baking powder & cocoa
Mix in the sugar
In a food processor add the beetroot, oil, eggs and vanilla then blend until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.
Pop into cake cases and cook in the oven for approximately 15 minutes cool on rack.
Mix the cream cheese and icing take a teaspoon and dollop onto the cupcake smooth with back of spoon and then decorate.
Inspired by my Mother & Grandmother, cooking has always part of my life.
With over 25-years in the industry, I have won many awards nationally and internationally representing the UK with The Craft Guild of Chefs culinary team.
My career has given me the opportunity to work in high-class establishments in London including The Reform club and Lanesborough Hotel.
I have dedicated my skills to designing and teaching a wide range of culinary courses at the UK’s leading hospitality schools.
These include Butlers Wharf Chef School, Mosimanns, Billingsgate fish school and currently the historic Westminster Kingsway College, where I specialise in teaching private chef courses for International students.
I have taught hundreds of students including many who have extremely successful careers including Fabulous Baker Brother Henry Herbert, author and Iron chef judge Sophie Michell, Sophie Wright cookery author, Chef and food stylist plus Ed Smith of Rocket & Squash – one of London’s top food bloggers.
Publications include six recipes in ‘A Class of Its Own’, articles for CHEF magazine, Tuco University magazine, and online magazines.
In my personal life, I’m a single Mum with a large family of four boys, daughter, granddaughter, a dog, and a cat.